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VOL. 129 | NO. 61 | Friday, March 28, 2014

Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

Clash of Contenders

County mayoral candidates outspoken in advance of primaries

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease

Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.

Patrick Accounting Launches Payroll Business

Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC is in something of an extended growth spurt, with a newly launched expanded payroll services business, a Nashville office that opened this past summer and the possibility of even more expansion beyond Memphis.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
60°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 10 mph
Humidity: 62%

EVENTS

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Nancy Crawford of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will speak. Call 494-8639.

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New Retail Center Proposed for Downtown Memphis

A new mixed-use retail center could be headed to the area south of FedExForum Downtown after the developer received approval Wednesday, March 26 for two drive-thru windows and several other code variances.

Harper Stays Focused on Constituents

When her children were small, Thelma Harper spent long hours at their school.

SPORTS

Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great

So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?

Cards, Redbirds Could Be Dodging Rain

The old baseball maxim that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains is hanging heavy in the air for the Friday night, March 28, exhibition game at AutoZone Park between the Memphis Redbirds and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Visiting Teams Show Blueprint for Tigers

Now that we’ve all had a few days to digest the premature end to the Tigers’ season, let’s see what we can learn that might help going forward.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Unique Flavor

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best observed and shared around tables, best accompanied by good food and best expressed in good stories.

Cleaning Off the Cobwebs

When new jobseekers start their search for the perfect opportunity, they’re often met with one of two concerns. Either “I’m too old” or “I’m too young.” Those who are older feel their experience will be overlooked because they have too many gray hairs. Those who are young feel their lack of experience will trump their abilities.

STATEWIDE

Sebelius Visits Nashville to Push Health Exchange

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday to urge Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.

State Cautions Uninsured About Health Deadline

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Department of Commerce and Insurance officials are cautioning uninsured Tennesseans that they may find it challenging to get health insurance if they wait after the March 31 deadline for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

Head of VW's Lone US Plant Returning to Germany

CHATTANOOGA (AP) Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam: 'Ways to Go' on Voucher Consensus

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says lawmakers still have a "ways to go" in reaching a consensus on his school voucher legislation.

Panel Advances Parent Trigger Bill in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is advancing in the Senate.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Economic Growth for 4th Quarter Revised Higher

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.

HEALTH CARE

Obama Says More Than 6 Million Signed Up for Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul.

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